It was not the big splash that we saw last summer.
But, then again, the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t have to pull off another trade deadline cannonball this time around.
Already loaded with a deep roster and a lethal lineup, Jays president Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins were more comfortable with just tinkering.
They picked up starter Francisco Liriano from the Pirates as well as pitchers Scott Feldman and Mike Bolsinger from the Astros and Dodgers, respectively.
However, the biggest move — and the one I don’t agree with — is sending All-Star Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen.
The 24-year-old has long been destined to return to the pen because the Jays don’t want to burn out the right hander, who by the way has thrown a career high 139.1 innings this season.
Sanchez will return to the setup role, ahead of closer Roberto Osuna, and will be alongside Jason Grilli, Joaquin Benoit, Brett Cecil and the team’s other relievers.
But Sanchez is 11-and-1 this season, has an American League leading 2.71 ERA and has not lost a decision since April 22.
Isn’t the old saying “starting pitching wins championship?”
Seems like the Jays have it backwards.